The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All visitor services: camping, lodging, and restaurants are available year round. Reservations are strongly recommended during the busy summer season. Some facilities are closed during the winter.A free shuttle bus system operates in the Grand Canyon Village area. Make your visit easier by parking your car at the Visitor Center and using the free shuttle buses to get around the village.
|The average distance across the canyon “as the condor flies” is ten miles (16 km). However, traveling from the North Rim to the South Rim requires a five-hour drive of 215 miles (345 km).|
Winter on the North Rim (off season)
During winter months, the road to the North Rim, Highway 67, is often closed due to snow. After the close of visitor facilities in mid-October, there may be a period when the North Rim is open for day use only. (before the snow comes)
During this time there are no food services or lodging available inside the park.
Self service gas and diesel fuel will continue to be available in the park through November 27, or until Highway 67 closes.
The National Park Service's North Rim Visitor Center and Bookstore as well as the Backcountry Information and Permits Office will remain open through November 27. From October 16 until closure, operating hours will be 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Starting October 16, campsites with limited services, such as portable toilets, will be available for a $12 fee on a first-come, first-served basis. Water will only be available outside the National Park Service administrative office.
Entrance fees and campground fees will be collected through the end of the day on November 27 or until snow closes Highway 67.
The road from Jacob Lake to the North Rim (Highway 67) is subject to closure due to snow with little or no notice during this interval and then will remain closed until mid-May.